Dimitris Damalas

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Dimitris Damalas

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Short CV

He has been working as an Associate Research scientist at the Section of Zoology/Mar. Biology of the Biology Dept. (Univ. of Athens) between 1998 and 2003 and at HCMR between 2003 and 2011.Since 2015 he holds an Assistant Researcher post at the Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters at HCMR.

He has earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in Biological Oceanography from the Biology Department, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

His Master thesis focused on the study of large pelagic sharks in the Eastern Mediterranean, while his PhD investigated the impact of oceanographical conditions on the spatio-temporal distribution of swordfish and blue sharks.

He has a multidisciplinary background (mathematics, informatics, statistics, marine biology, fisheries science) which allowed him to get involved in a series of topics: fisheries management, population dynamics, elasmobranch biology; Data Collection Framework implementation; stakeholder perception and EU policies; design and implementation of web-based fishery databases;; deep water species; reconstructing fisheries trends based on historical data; mapping of essential fish habitats; identification of deep sea coral communities; mapping of EUNIS ecotopes; fisheries control & enforcement.

During his 19 years of involvement in Mediterranean and European fisheries he has participated in more than 20 EU funded competitive projects and as of today has published 39 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 50 non-peer reviewed papers, working documents and technical reports.Between 2011-2015, as a European Commission employee at the Joint Research Centre he has been servicing the Scientific Technical and Economic Committee on Fisheries (STECF) as focal person for the Mediterranean fisheries management.


  • Leone,, I. Urso, D. Damalas, J Martinsohn , E Sperone, P Micarelli, F Garibaldi, P Megalofonou, L Bargelloni, D Macias, PA. Prodöhl, M Stagioni, S Mariani, F Tinti, A Cariani, 2017. Genetic differentiation and phylogeography of Mediterranean-North Eastern           Atlantic blue shark (Prionace glauca, L. 1758) using mitochondrial DNA: panmixia or                 complex stock structure? PEERJ  5:e4112; DOI 10.7717/peerj.4112
  • Sini M, Katsanevakis S, Koukourouvli N, Gerovasileiou V, Dailianis T, Buhl-Mortensen L,       Damalas D, Dendrinos P, Dimas X, Frantzis A, Gerakaris V, Giakoumi S, Gonzalez-Mirelis G,             Hassiotis T, Issaris Y, Kavadas S, Koutsogiannopoulos DD, Koutsoubas D, Manoutsoglou E,              Markantonatou V, Mazaris A, Poursanidis D, Papatheodorou G, Salomidi M, Topouzelis K,   Zotou M., 2017. Ecological mapping of key marine habitat types and protected species for           the conservation of biodiversity in the Aegean Sea. Frontiers in Marine Science, vol 4 p.347, doi:10.3389/fmars.2017.00347
  • Christou, M., Haralabous, J., Stergiou, K.I., Damalas, D., Maravelias, CD, 2017 An    evaluation of socioeconomic factors that influence fishers’ discard behaviour in the      Greek bottom trawl fishery. Fisheries Research 195:105-115.
  • Metochis, C.P., Carmona-Antoñanzas, G., Kousteni, V., Damalas, D. and Megalofonou, P.      2016. Population structure and aspects of the reproductive biology of the blackmouth catshark, Galeus melastomus Rafinesque, 1810 (Chondrichthyes: Scyliorhinidae) caught        accidentally off the Greek coasts, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the          United Kingdom, , pp. 1–17. doi: 10.1017/S0025315416001764.
  • Druon, JN, Fromentin, JM, Hanke, A., Damalas, D. et al., 2015. Habitat suitability of the       Atlantic bluefin tuna by size class: an ecological niche approach. Progress in           Oceanography.(Accepted)
  • Damalas, D., Maravelias, C. D., Osio, G. C., Maynou, F., Sbrana, M., Sartor, P., and Casey,      J. 2015. Historical discarding in Mediterranean fisheries: a fishers’ perception.  ICES   Journal  of Marine Science, doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsv141.
  • Damalas, D., Maravelias, C.D., Osio, G.C., Maynou, F., Sbrana, M., Sartor, P., 2014.                 “Once upon a time in the Mediterranean”. Long term trends of Mediterranean fisheries                resources based on fishers’ traditional ecological knowledge. PLoSONE 10(3): e0119330.               doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0119330
  • Damalas D., 2015. Mission impossible: Discard management plans for the EU        Mediterranean fisheries under the reformed Common Fisheries Policy. Fisheries Research                165: 96-99.
  • Kavadas S., Maina I., Damalas D., Dokos I., Pantazi M., Vassilopoulou V., 2015. Multi-             Criteria Decision Analysis as a tool to extract fishing footprints and estimate fishing               pressure: application to small scale coastal fisheries and implications for management in              the context of the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive. Mediterranean Marine Science      (early view) DOI: 10.12681/mms.1087
  • Jordi Guillen, Anna Cheilari, Dimitrios Damalas, Thomas Barbas, 2015. Oil for Fish: an
  • Energy Return on Investment analysis of the EU Fishing Fleet. Journal of Industrial
  • Ecology DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12272
  • Damalas, D., Megalofonou P., 2014. Age-dependent habitat identification of Mediterranean swordfish: application on commercial fishery data and potential use in fisheries management. Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture 22 (4): 257-273
  • Pelletier N., André J., Charef A., Damalas D., Green B., Parker R., Sumaila R., Thomas G., Tobin R., Watson R., 2014. Energy prices and seafood security. Global Environmental Change 24: 30-41.
  • Damalas, D., Maravelias, C.D., Kavadas, S., 2014. Advances in fishing power: a study spanning 50 years. Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture 22(1):112–121
  1. Uhlmann, A.T.M. van Helmond, E. Kemp Stefánsdóttir, S. Sigurðardóttir, MJ Rochet, J.M Bellido, A. Carbonell, T. Catchpole, D. Damalas, L. Fauconnet, J. Feekings, T. Garcia, R. Goñi, J. Haralabous, N. Madsen, S. Margeirsson, M. Mendoza, A. Palialexis, N. Perez, L. Readdy, V. Rubio, X. Valeiras, V. Vassilopoulou, 2013. Discarded fish in European waters: general patterns and contrasts. ICES Journal of Marine Science. (Early publication on-line) doi:10.1093/icesjms/fst030
  • Large, P.A., Agnew, D.J., Cleote, R., Damalas, D., Dransfield, L.,  Edwards, C.T.T., Feist, S., Figueiredo, I., Barrio-Frojan, C., González, F., Gil-Herrera, J., Kenny, A., Jakobsdóttir, K.,  Longshore, M., Lorance, P., Marchal, P., Mytilineou, C., Perez, A.,  Planque, B., Politou, C.-Y., 2013. Strengths and weaknesses of the management and monitoring of deep-water stocks, fisheries and ecosystems in various areas of the world – a roadmap towards sustainable deep-water fisheries in the Northeast Atlantic? Reviews in Fisheries Science 21(2):157–180.
  • Cheilari, A., Guillen, J., Damalas, D., Barbas, T., 2013. Effects of the Fuel Price Crisis on the Energy Efficiency and the Economic Performance of the European Union Fishing Fleets. Marine Policy, 40: 18-24.
  • Damalas, D., Vassilopoulou, V., 2013. Slack regulation compliance in the Mediterranean fisheries: a paradigm from the Greek Aegean Sea demersal trawl fishery, modeling discard ogives. Fisheries Management & Ecology, 20(1): 21-33.
  • Kavvadas, S., Damalas, D., Tserpes, G., Georgakarakos, E., Papaconstantinou, C., Maravelias, C., 2012. IMAS-Fish – Integrated Management System to support the sustainability of Greek fisheries resources. A multidisciplinary web-based database management system: implementation, capabilities, utilization and future prospects for fisheries stakeholders. Mediterranean Marine Science 14(1): 109-118.
  • Damalas, D., Megalofonou, P. 2012. Discovering where bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus (Linnaeus, 1785), might go: Using environmental and fishery data to map potential tuna habitat in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Scientia Marina, 76(4): 691-704.
  • Issaris, Y., S. Katsanevakis, M. Pantazi, V. Vassilopoulou, P. Panayotidis, S. Kavadas, A. Kokkali, M. Salomidi, A. Frantzis, A. Panou, D. Damalas, D. Klaoudatos, D. Sakellariou, V. Drakopoulou, C. Kyriakidou, I. Maina, J. Fric, C. Smith, S. Giakoumi and G. Karris. 2012. Ecological mapping and data quality assessment for the needs of ecosystem-based marine spatial management: case study Greek Ionian Sea and the adjacent gulfs. Mediterranean Marine Science 13(1): 49-88.
  • Damalas, D., Megalofonou, P., 2012. Occurrences of large sharks in the open waters of the south-eastern Mediterranean Sea. Journal of Natural History, 46(43-44): 2701-2723.
  • Katsanevakis, S., Weber, A., Pipitone, C., Mardik,  L., Sutton, G., Scheidat, M., Doyle, T., Buhl-Mortensen, L., Buhl-Mortensen, P.,  D’Anna, G., de Boois, I., Dalpadado, P., Damalas, D., Fiorentino, F.,  Garofalo, G., Giacalone, V.M., Hawley, K.L., Issaris, Y., Jansen, J., Knight, C.M., Knittweis, L., Kröncke, I., Mirto, S., Muxika, I., Reiss, H.,  Skjoldal, H.R.,  Vöge, S. 2012. Monitoring marine populations: review of methods and tools. Aquatic Biology 16: 31–52, doi: 10.3354/ab00426
  • Salomidi, M., Katsanevakis, S., Borja, A., Braeckman, U., Damalas, D., Galparsoro, I., Mifsud, R., Mirto, S., Pascual, M., Pipitone, C.,  Rabaut, M., Todorova, V.,  Vassilopoulou, V., Vega Fernández, T., 2012. Assessment of goods and services, vulnerability, and conservation status of European seabed biotopes: a stepping stone towards ecosystem-based marine spatial management. Mediterranean Marine Science vol. 13, n. 1: 49-88.
  • Maravelias C.D., Damalas D., Ulrich C., Katsanevakis S., Hoff A., 2012. Multispecies fisheries management in the Mediterranean Sea: application of the Fcube methodology.. Fisheries Management & Ecology. 19: 189-199
  • Maynou F, Sbrana M, Sartor P, Maravelias C, Kavadas S, Damalas, D., Cartes, J.E., Osio, G., 2011. Estimating Trends of Population Decline in Long-Lived Marine Species in the Mediterranean Sea Based on Fishers’ Perceptions. PLoS ONE 6(7): e21818. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021818
  • Lorance, P., Agnarsson, S., Damalas, D., Figueiredo, I., Gil, J., and Trenkel, V.M., 2011. Using qualitative and quantitative stakeholder knowledge: examples from European deepwater fisheries. ICES Journal of Marine Science 68(8): 1815-1824 http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsr076
  • Zenetos, A., Katsanevakis, S., Poursanidis, D. Crocetta, F., Damalas, D., Apostolopoulos, G., Gravili, C., 2011. Marine alien species in Greek Seas: Additions and amendments by 2010. Mediterranean Marine Science 12(1): 95-120
  • Damalas, D., Vassilopoulou, V., 2011. Chondrichthyan by-catch and discards in the demersal trawl fishery of the central Aegean Sea (Eastern Mediterranean). Fisheries Research 108(1): 142-152
  • Damalas, D., Maravelias, C.D., Katsanevakis, S., Karageorgis, A.P. , Papaconstantinou, C., 2010. Seasonal abundance of non-commercial demersal fish in the eastern Mediterranean Sea in relation to hydrographic and sediment characteristics. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 89(1): 107-118.
  • Hoff, A., Frost, H., Ulrich, C., Damalas, D., Maravelias, C. D., Goti, L., and Santurtún, M., 2010. Economic effort management in multispecies fisheries: the FcubEcon model. ICES Journal of Marine Science 67: 1802–1810.
  • Damalas, D.,  Megalofonou, P., 2009.  Environmental effects on blue shark (Prionace glauca) and oilfish (Ruvettus pretiosus) distribution based on fishery-dependent data from the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Journal  Of  The  Marine  Biological  Association Of  The  United Kingdom 90(3): 467-480.
  • Katsanevakis, S., Maravelias, C.D., Damalas, D.,  Karageorgis, A.P., Tsitsika, E.V., Anagnostou, C., and Papaconstantinou, C., 2009. Spatiotemporal distribution and habitat use of commercial demersal species in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Fisheries Oceanography 18(6): 439 – 457.
  • Megalofonou, P., Damalas, D., De Metrio, G., 2009. Biological characteristics of blue shark, Prionace glauca, in the Mediterranean Sea. Journal  Of  The  Marine  Biological  Association Of  The  United Kingdom , 89(6): 1233-1242.
  • Megalofonou, P., Damalas, D., Deflorio, M. and De Metrio, G., 2009. Modeling environmental, spatial, temporal, and operational effects on blue shark by-catches in the Mediterranean long-line fishery. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 25(1): 47-55.
  • Labropoulou M., Damalas D., Papaconstantinou, C. 2008. Bathymetric trends in distribution and size of demersal fish species in the north Aegean Sea. Journal of Natural History, 42(5): 673 – 686.
  • Damalas, D., Megalofonou, P., Apostolopoulou, M., 2007. Environmental, spatial, temporal and operational effects on swordfish (Xiphias gladius) catch rates of eastern Mediterranean Sea longline fisheries. Fisheries Research, 84 (2):.233-246.
  • Megalofonou, P., Yannopoulos, C., Damalas, D., De Metrio, G., Deflorio, M., de la Serna, J.M., Macias, D., 2005. Pelagic shark incidental catch and estimated discards from the swordfish and tuna fisheries in the Mediterranean Sea. Fishery Bulletin 103: 620 –634.
  • Megalofonou, P., Damalas, D., Yannopoulos, C., 2005. Composition and abundance of pelagic shark by-catch in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Cybium, 29(2): 135-140.
  • Megalofonou, P., Damalas, D., 2004. Morphological and biological characteristics for a gravid angular rough shark and its embryos from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Cybium, 28(2): 105-110